1 Fink Void
2 Joy’s Family Kept Very Large Dogs
3 The Lover I Thought I Wanted
4 Big Surprise
5 It Wouldn’t Have Made Any Difference (Rundgren)
6 The Things That They Are
7 Social Dealings
8 Once In A While We Hugged
a) Surrendering The Corpse
b) Evolved Into A Seashell
10 Ready Steady Go (Fox)
11 The Earth’s Crust
12 In The Head With Plastic Goo
13 Heroin (Reed)
14 Intimacy Of A Broken Leaf
15 Of A Sweet Love
16 Friendly Glow
17 They Wanted To Survive In A Good Way
19 In My File
20 Now I Know
“Volatile Volitions” was the first collection of solo recordings that Charles Rice Goff III arranged and/or composed on a 4 Track cassette tape recorder. (He had produced several solo releases previously using other types of recording equipment.) Most of the pieces in this collection are built around improvised source recordings of Goff playing an acoustic guitar and singing lyrics that he made up on-the-spot. He embellished these basic recordings with sounds that he created with a large variety of instruments and non instruments, including:
electronic guitar and guitar effects pedals
modified digital casio keyboard
a six foot plywood board with plastic bottles of all sizes and electronic pickups attached
a collection of resonant metal objects
a collection of shakers
phonograph records played off-center at various speeds
tape recordings of his own voice played backwards or at various pitches
Some Further Specifics:
Track 5, "It Wouldn’t Have Made Any Difference,” is a Goff interpretation of an original Todd Rundgren song.
Tracks 7 and 18 contain elements from the original songs "Hang On Sloopy” (Wes Farrell and Bert Russell), “Is That All There Is?” (Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller), and “Those Were The Days” (Gene Raskin).
Track 10, “Ready Steady Go,” was originally created by Goff for a Samantha Fox compilation tribute cassette produced by Belgium’s Insane Music. Among its compositional elements are some bits that Goff recorded from a Samantha Fox phone hotline.
Track 14, “Heroin,” is a Goff interpretation of an original Lou Reed/Velvet Underground song.
The original Volatile Volitions cassette album was co-released by ECTO TAPES of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Some of the songs from Volatile Volitions have appeared on retrospective CDR compilations of Goff’s solo recordings produced by Taped Rugs Productions.